Higher Ground Farm works with institutions to design on-site farms and gardens that provide fresh, organic food as well as educational, team building, and community benefit opportunities. We offer consulting services to ensure that you make the most of your growing space, and farm and garden management services. Our team are experts in sustainability, institutional food service and operations, farm and garden education, bee keeping and agriculture. Contact us to learn more about your institution can grow food, combat climate change and other environmental issues, while providing a space of education and respite.
John Stoddard, Founder. As an environmentalist and food lover, John has focused his career on promoting sustainable, equitable food systems that benefit communities. He started Higher Ground in 2013 with the mission to increase access to healthy food while combatting urban environmental problems. In addition to running Higher Ground Farm, John is a Healthy Food in Health Care Coordinator for the non-profit organization, Health Care Without Harm, and works throughout New England on facilitating local and sustainable food procurement for health care institutions. John utilizes his experience working with health care and his expertise in rooftop farming to craft onsite growing operations that serve the unique needs of institutions. He earned his Master of Science from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition specializing in the Agriculture, Food, and Environment program.
Lindsay Allen, Farming Operations Director. Lindsay is a farmer and educator, from Boston, Massachusetts. She has been farming for the past 8 years and has managed farms in rural and suburban locations around and outside the United States. She leads the farming and education operations of the 7,000 square foot Rooftop Farm at Boston Medical Center. A strong ethic towards food justice and a passion for getting creative in how we grow and distribute food in our urban landscapes brought Lindsay to work with Higher Ground Farm. Lindsay is a certified Permaculture Designer and Educator and teaches courses a few times a year on the subject. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Agroforestry. When Lindsay is not teaching or growing food, she can be found happily experimenting with fermentations, communing with chickens, spending time outdoors, crafting or sharing a good home-cooked meal with family and friends. Follow Lindsay on Instagram: @allenlindsay4
Thanks to the folks at Evolve Magazine for chronicling our first season.